Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, rises on the Tanzania - Kenya border, well into the Eastern half of the African continent. Towering above the Tanzanian plains so close to the equator (3.04 degrees South), the snowclad mountain leads a spectacular existence on the African plains. So spectacular that well into the nineteenth century, much of mainland Europe refused to believe eyewitness accounts of its existence. In our own time, Kili (as it is affectionately called by the climbing community) is a proud member of two exclusive clubs viz. seven summits of the world (composed of the tallest mountain in each of the seven continents) and seven natural wonders of the world.
Rising to a height of 5896 meters (19344 feet) above MSL (Mean Sea Level), Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain that hosts varied climate zones (on the way to its glacier summit, you will pass through cloud forests and alpine deserts), flora and fauna. First conquered by the German explorer Hans Meyer in 1889, Kilimanjaro is among the rare 15000+ feet mountains accessible to amateur (untrained) climbers. A fact that accounts for its huge popularity - well over 50000 people attempt to climb the Kilimanjaro every year.
Despite its non-technical nature and amateur friendliness, climbing Kili does not warrant a casual approach. With due preparation and the right attitude however, it can be one of the best experiences of your lifetime. The sheer number of people that have followed Hans Meyer, people aging from seven to eighty five (as of now), people who overcame severe disabilities would all vouch for this.
Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones named Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Tallest point on the mountain is the Uhuru peak on Kibo which is the destination for most climbers. Uhuru, which means ‘Freedom’ in Swahili was christened thus in 1961 to mark Tanganyika (today Tanzania excluding Zanzibar islands i.e. mainland Tanzania) independence from the British empire. Historically and symbolically, a more meaningful name for the peak it might be hard to come by.
There are six designated routes that lead from the base of Kilimanjaro to the Uhuru peak. Each route has its own benefits in terms of economy (expenses mount with each additional day that you spend on the mountain), acclimatization (slower the ascent, better your acclimatization and your chances of getting to the summit), natural beauty (some routes are scenically more appealing than others), traffic (depending on whether you prefer buzz or solitude) and other factors. Naturally every trekker and trekking agency have their own idea about which is the best route for that memorable hike. For a quick brief on the different routes, please check out Climbing Routes. Miyar offers Kilimanjaro climbs on all the designated routes.
Whatever route you take, a few things remain the same. First and foremost, “Pole Pole” (Slowly, Slowly in the local Chagga dialect). Pace up the mountain as slowly as your schedule and guide would allow. Second, please have an overbearing concern for the fragile and degrading environment of Kilimanjaro. Third, have a sympathetic bearing towards the people who toil to make your climb possible and enjoyable namely the porters, cooks and guides.
December end to March and June to beginning of October when the weather is more likely to be dry are the popular climbing season for Kilimanjaro. These months also tend to be the busiest on the mountains.
You can take a trip with Miyar Adventures almost any time of the year. We have scheduled trips almost every month of the climbing season. In addition, we are always available to arrange a private trip for you and your companions. Please check our website for a climb route and schedule that would suit you best. Alternately please contact us (email@example.com) to discuss the options for a private climb. While better visibility and lower chances of rain can be expected for the peak climbing season, weather on the mountain is always fickle. This means that the putative off-season might be a worthwhile time to climb Kilimanjaro. This is especially true if you would rather pursue serenity and inspiration from a great natural wonder rather than the feeling (and claim) of accomplishment offered by the summit. For the magnificent mountains are far less crowded during these months.
The Machame route can be covered in six or seven days. We usually do it in seven days including descent. This is of course the time taken from Machame gate (starting point of our trail on the mountain) to Uhuru peak and back. You are most likely to spend the night before and after your trek at Moshi, a small town at the foot of Kilimanjaro. Depending on where you hail from, you would need one or two days to get into Moshi and back. You might want to indulge in a Tanzanian safari at the end of your trek, this is a wonderful and memorable experience all by itself. In any case some local sightseeing and shopping would be worthwhile. Overall plan to be away for a couple of weeks when you set out for the trek.
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The socio-economic aspect of your trip is also significant. As of 2014, Tanzania has a GDP of about USD 128 billion and a nominal per capita of USD 1000. This emerging African economy needs all the inputs it can muster. And tourism is the top earner for the country. Along with Serengeti and Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro forms the backbone of Tanzanian tourism. You can take satisfaction that a significant portion of the money you spend traveling to Kilimanjaro goes to improve the life of the needy. With Miyar Adventures, your pre and post hike stay at Stella Maris also helps make a positive impact on the local underprivileged children.
The Machame route (also called the Whiskey route) is extremely popular among guides and climbers alike for several reasons. For one, Machame is the amongst the most scenic routes to the top of Kilimanjaro. The route traverses the Southern and Western faces of the mountain and passes through five climatic zones including spectacular cloud forests in the lower ranges. It also offers great acclimatization opportunity, as it naturally follows the mountaineer’s caveat of walking high and sleeping low. This is perhaps one of the reasons for the relatively high success rate for this route, especially when compared to the Marangu route (also called the Coca Cola trail). Compared to Marangu, you need one or two days more on the Machame route which again improves the acclimatization and success rate on this route. You also have the option of splitting the pre-summit day climb which means you are better rested for the all important summit push. And the cherry on your summit dessert is that you will take a different path on your way down than the one on which you ascend, enabling you to savour more of Kilimanjaro. To its fault, Machame is sometimes too popular by its virtues which means it is usually a bit more crowded than other routes. Also it is usually more expensive to climb on Machame than Marangu, as the Whiskey versus Coca Cola nomenclature would suggest.
Machame vs. Marangu
Whiskey Route (6-7 days)
- Good acclimatization
- Option to split pre-sumit day
- Come down on a different route
- Fully catered camping only
Coca-Cola Route (5-6 days)
- Shortest and cheapest
- Less time to acclimatize
- Lowest success rate
- Ascend/descent on same route
- Accommodation in huts
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after climb), Breakfast at hotel
- Group transport to and from Moshi to the trailhead
- National Park fees, camping fees, and rescue fees
- Guides: Very experienced guides. Guide-client ratio 1-2
- Porters: 2-3 porters per client. You carry around 10 Lbs
- Accommodation in the Mountain in good quality tents and sleeping mat
- Fresh nutritious meals, cooked and served in dinner tent with table/chairs
- Bottled oxygen, only for rescue/emergency use
- Information sessions and Trip preparation assistance provided by US based guide
- Visa Application Fee
- Lunch or dinner at hotel
- Personal gear and equipment
Miyar Adventures price for the Kilimanjaro trip is USD 2985 per person. This is on airport to airport basis, all inclusive. A wide spectrum of options is available in terms of travel operators that will take you up Kilimanjaro and back. Typically you would find budget operators that charge as low as USD 1500 per person to the putative luxury operators that can charge USD 5000 or more. We would also try to assert how Miyar tries to deliver great value for money at the price we charge.
There are certain costs that remain constant across all operators. KINAPA (Kilimanjaro Park Administration) fees are USD 70 per person per day as conservation fees (read Entry fees) and USD 50 per person per day camping fees. There is also a USD 20 per person per trip rescue fees charged. In addition, minimum crew wages are USD 10 per day for porters, USD 15 per day for cooks and USD 20 per day for guides. So any agency that conducts a legally tenable trip would need to pay the following charges per person for a seven day trip:
- Park and camping fees = 7 x (70 + 50) = USD 840
- Rescue fees = USD 20
- Guide charges (at least one guide for two customers, as stipulated) = 0.5 x 20 x 7 = USD 70
- Porter charges (at least three porters per customer) = 3 x 10 x 7 = USD 210
- Cook charges (one cook assumed per three customers) = ⅓ x 15 x 7 = USD 35
Assuming standard fare for food and no supplementary services, USD 1375 would be the bare minimum any agency would incur per customer to take you up from Machame gate and back. On top of this, agencies would incur costs on pre and post climb hotel accommodation, airport and park transfers, camping equipment, better food, safety and first aid equipments etc. It is on these counts that agencies vary in what they offer and how much they charge.
For the price that it charges Miyar tries to offer maximum value. Few points worth noting are:
- We deliver an end to end experience, all inclusive. This means we assume responsibility from your arrival point near Kilimanjaro (Kilimanjaro, Arusha or Moshi) till when you depart the region after hike.
- Our US based team would work with you as you prepare for your trip. We are there to answer your questions related to health, safety, packing or just about anything related to climbing.
- We use our own local operator and lead guides in Tanzania to ensure that all aspects of the climb are in line with the expectations we have set with our customers and our own uncompromising attitude towards customer experience.
- Our US based guides personally lead climbs several times in an year to ensure that all ground operations are in accordance with our expectations. Usually US based guides accompany larger groups to ensure better coordination.
- Accommodation on nights before and after the climb is included. Stella Maris Lodge is our preferred choice. Depending on availability and logistics considerations, we sometimes use an equally reputable, comfortable and convenient facility. For more details please refer the day by day itinerary.
- Accommodation are in comfortable tents on twin share basis. We use Alps Mountaineering Taurus 3 Outfitter tent in all our expeditions. They are sturdy, spacious and comfortable and are ideal for the conditions on Kilimanjaro.
- We serve great food on the trek, food that is fresh, hygienic and nutritious. We will serve you fresh fruits, veggies, chicken, meat, eggs, sausages, pancakes, juice, soups, fish, rice, pasta etc. We have logistics arrangements to get fresh supplies delivered while we are into our trek. We take care of a wide range of dietary restrictions or preferences like gluten free, lactose intolerant, vegetarian, vegan, kosher, halal etc.
- We carry private commodes / toilets for the use of our guests. Toilets provided by the Kilimanjaro Park Authority at camping sites are not exactly clean or hygienic. So this can be a big factor if such facilities put you off for the day (as is the case with most of us).
- We carry our own safety equipments including oximeters and oxygen cylinders. Hopefully they would not be used but this is an expenditure we would rather waste than avoid.
- All our local guides are carefully chosen for their Kilimanjaro experience, English speaking ability and professionalism. We ensure that all of them are Wilderness First Aid trained.
While comparing Miyar Adventures with other guide companies, please bear the above advantages in mind. We are confident that for the amount you pay, no one else would offer you as much value. Should you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
We will transfer you to the Stella Maris Lodge (SML) located conveniently between Kilimanjaro Airport and Moshi. Here you would meet your fellow hikers as well your lead and local guides. There will be a pre-climb briefing for us to go through the finer details of the climb one last time. We would also use the opportunity for last minute questions, a final gear check etc. Relax, network, eat and rest well for the big expedition starts the next day.
We will have a short drive from SML to the Machame gate in the morning. Machame gate is the ‘official’ entry point to Kili on the Machame route. Permits and other formalities with the KINAPA (Kilimanjaro Administration) would be sorted out at this point. Once the formalities are finished, we will proceed on the trail. Nearly two hours into the hike we will stop for rest and lunch. Post lunch we will hike for another 150 minutes to reach our destination for the day, Machame huts. We should have a very good view of Kibo from our camp.
- Machame Gate (1811 m / 5940 ft) to Machame Hut (3021 m / 9900 ft)
- Elev gain: 1210 m / 3970 ft
- Time: 6 hours on average
- Distance: About 10 km / 6 miles
We will set out on the trail moving eastwards after breakfast. The terrain would alter significantly from the first day. We will walk nearly five miles (8 kms) today and gain about 2680 feet (818 meters). Note however that the path is undulating which means you would have some steep sections to climb, heights that you will soon relinquish. This approach would greatly improve your acclimatization. End of the (climbing) day should see you at Shira camp savoring well earned rest and refreshments.
- Machame Hut (3021 m / 9900 ft) to Shira Camp (3839 m / 12,600 ft)
- Elev gain: 818 m / 2680 ft
- Time: 6 hours on average
- Distance: About 8 km / 5 miles
We will cover about 7 miles (11 km) this day. Net altitude gained would however be a miserly 480 feet (147 m). We would go up by about 2590 feet to touch about 15200 feet above MSL at a point called the Lava tower and relinquish most of the altitude gained to settle down at the Barranco camp (13080 feet). Classic climb high, sleep low stratagem for acclimatization! By now we are well into alpine terrain. Barranco offers spectacular views all around.
- Shira Camp (3839 m / 12,600 ft) to Barranco Camp (3986 m / 13080 ft)
- Elev gain: 790 m / 2590 ft; Elev loss: 643 m / 2110 ft
- Time: 7-10 hours on average
- Distance: About 11 km / 7 miles
We have a tough scramble up the Barranco wall in the morning. And that is pretty much the hard work to be done for the day. From there it is mostly downhill and easy to Karanga camp. We should reach there in time for a slightly late lunch which would be served hot. This would be our shortest climbing day on Kili.
- Barranco Camp (3986 m / 13080 ft) to Karanga Camp (4034 m / 13230 ft)
- Elev gain: 400 m / 1300 ft; Elev loss: 350 m / 1170 ft
- Time: 4-5 hours on average
- Distance: About 5 km / 3 miles
The route from Karanga to Kosovo is barren and strewn with volcanic rocks. Views all around would continue to be great. We will stop at Barafu for lunch and a short break before proceeding up by another thousand feet to the Kosovo camp. It is a significant improvement in several ways over Barafu which is the default camp location on Machame route.
- Karanga Camp (4034 m / 13230 ft) to Kosovo Camp (4863 m / 15950 m)
- Elev gain: 830 m / 2720 ft
- Time: 5-6 hours on average
- Distance: About 5 km / 3 miles
You would wake up shortly past midnight and make a night time push for the summit. Nearly five hours of persistence would see you at Stella Point even as the day is breaking or about to. You are now on the rim of Kibo’s crater. Another hour and five hundred feet up would have your hitting the roof of Africa.
- Kosovo Camp (4863 m / 15950 m) to Uhuru Peak (5896 m / 19344 ft) Summit!!
- Elev gain: 1033 m / 3390 ft
- Time: 8-10 hours on average
- Distance: About 7 km / 4 miles
After spending time basking in the morning glory atop Kilimanjaro, we will start our descent. On our way back, we will stop over at Kosovo camp for packing our stuff, as well as lunch and rest. Seven miles (about seven hours including pit stop at Kosovo) of descent would see us at Millennium camp, where we shall spend the night.
- Uhuru Peak (5896 m / 19344 ft) to Millenium Camp (3810 m / 12500 ft)
- Elev loss: 2086 m / 6840 ft
- Time: 7-9 hours on average
- Distance: About 10 km / 6 miles
Millennium camp to Mweka gate (our exit point for Kili) should be nothing more than a saunter. We will drive back to Stella Maris for a farewell dinner. You will spend your night here. The next day we will move on with the Safari. We will see you to the airport in case you are not joining us for the safari which is optional.
- Millenium Camp (3810 m / 12500 ft) to Mweka Gate (1800 m / 5900 ft)
- Elev loss: 2010 m / 6600 ft
- Time: 6-7 hours on average
- Distance: About 10 km / 6 miles
Climbing is a way awakening our soul by testing and stretching the limits of our body and mind. Unfortunately on a climb the boundary between stretching and breaking is so gradual and fine that it is overlooked too often. All the passion that we bring into climbing has to be superseded by this awareness and constant vigil for the boundary. Always.
Kilimanjaro is so much of an every (wo)man’s mountain that avalanche, falls and other mishaps that we usually associate with mountaineering accidents are extremely rare. Despite this a handful of folks die every year while climbing Kili. AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) also called Altitude sickness is the most common ailment that affects climbers of Kilimanjaro. As we go up in altitude, atmospheric pressure drops. Near the surface of earth this variation is about 0.1 Bar for each 100 meters of height gained. With this drop in pressure, the partial pressure of Oxygen in atmospheric air also drops. Net effect of all these gaseous physics is that as we go up, the amount of Oxygen that our body extracts from each breath comes down significantly.
Paucity of oxygen manifests itself as shortness of breath even for moderate altitude gains, like when we fly to a high altitude destination. For significant altitude gains (anywhere from 8000 feet to 13000 feet) the effects are often more severe. Either of two life threatening conditions may develop in our body, namely High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). AMS is the common name used to indicate either of these conditions. Vomiting, dizziness and severe headache indicate the onset of cerebral edema. Pulmonary edema on the other hand is indicated difficulty in breathing (even when body is not exerted), cough and congestion. Both conditions can degenerate and prove fatal if not responded to urgently.
Emergency response invariably consists of descending as soon as is safely possible. In case of acute distress and inability to descend, affected person can be placed in a portable high pressure chamber called a Gamow bag. With Miyar, your lead guide is a seasoned climber and certified Wilderness First Responder. As such he is trained and experienced to deal with any contingencies that may arise during the climb. The local guides are also well versed with the symptoms and response to AMS. Emergency response and first aid equipments we carry to ensure a safe climb include oximeters, oxygen cylinders and emergency AMS medication.
Given adequate time, our body adapts its breathing apparatus to the reduced Oxygen availability in air. This is the essence of acclimatization. The classic strategy of climbing high (gain an altitude of 1000 feet or so) and sleeping low (sleeping no higher than 300 feet) assists the body in this adaptation process. Unfortunately climbing Kilimanjaro is usually done in a time frame that does not allow this strategy to be followed comprehensively. However the climbing route and schedule followed by Miyar go a long way in helping the body adapt. In addition, pacing your ascent carefully (Pole Pole) and following instructions from your guides would help materially in your progress towards the summit.
Certain drugs are beneficial in the acclimatization process and combating AMS. We recommend Acetazolamide (Diamox) as a prophylactic. The current recommended dose is 125 mg twice a day. You start it a day before getting on the climb. In addition we recommend everyone brings Dexamethasone to be used in case anyone gets sick near the summit. Both are prescription drugs.
During the climb and especially during the summit push we very carefully watch each climber for symptoms of AMS at every break and while walking. We make necessary drug recommendations after discussing the symptoms with climbers.
Hypothermia is also a possible threat on the mountain given its height and climate. However this possibility can be discounted as long as you have proper attire. In any case as you are always accompanied on Kili, the possibility of hypothermia setting in is extremely remote.
Other than AMS, please follow standard (and common sense) health care guidelines that applies for any adventure trip. Consult a physician if you have any ailments or are susceptible to stress, allergies etc. Carry medication for any conditions that you anticipate on such a trip. While we can cover you for common illness like a cold, fever, headache or diarrhea in addition to AMS, we may not be able to address less common ailments effectively.
Blisters and leg injuries are also important concerns while climbing Kilimanjaro. Have a good pair of trekking shoes and use it frequently in the weeks leading up to the climb so that is broken in well. If you have sustained any injuries to your legs (muscles, joints, ligaments etc) please consult a physician and take appropriate precautions. Please also maintain adequate fitness levels so that you can have your trek and enjoy it too. Preparatory treks in your vicinity and long walks would be the best way to do it. We can assist you on this count by helping you come up with a personalized fitness program that suits your age, health and preferences.
Other than ailments, there are no safety concerns on Kili. Crimes are unheard of. We transfer you from airport and back, so there is no concern even when you are in Moshi or Arusha. Even otherwise these towns are quite safe places to be in. You need to take some care in case you are transferring to Kili by road from Nairobi or Dar es Salaam. Please consult us in this case so that we can provide you with specific instructions and assistance.
Suggested fitness routine
Despite its reputation as an easy climb, it is always a good idea to keep in good shape for your Kilimanjaro hike. Please bear in mind that how you cope with altitude is not connected to your fitness level. However keeping yourself in shape can help you cope with and enjoy the seven days of trekking that you need to undertake. In your workout plan, aim for general fitness with some emphasis on your climbing and walking ability. A typical suggested routine would be:
- 2-3 cardio sessions every week (cycling, running or swimming)
- Two full-body workout sessions of 30-45 minutes every week (focus on compound exercises like squats, lunges, step ups, dips, pull ups, rows, bench presses etc)
- Flexibility training (stretching) for 10-15 minutes at the end of each session
- For trekking / climbing, start with small (1500-2000 ft elevation) hikes. Progressively ramp up the time, distance and elevation gains.
- Try to go on a bigger hike (around 4000 ft gain) once every month. Your objective should be to hike through an ascend of 4000 ft in 3-5 hours carrying around 20 pounds in your backpack
- If possible, aim for a couple of big climbs before your Kili expedition. Hikes with an altitude gain of 8000-10000 ft that require you to spend a couple of days in the mountains would be great. Do not worry if this is not feasible. Regular workout routine as above should keep you in good stead.
- Use your hikes as an opportunity to break in the climbing shoes and any other gear that you intend to use on Kili.
- Please carry a copy of your passport in your luggage. In case your passport is lost or misplaced this can help you deal with the contingency
- While in major cities (like Nairobi or Dar-e-Salam) or on empty beaches (especially in Pemba and Zanzibar) do not venture out alone
- Do not wear expensive (or apparently expensive) jewellery
- Do not carry too much cash with you. We have indicated approximate cash requirements in the Pricing section.
- Do not wear a money belt conspicuously. In case you use one, please wear it beneath your clothes
- Do not carry lot of camera equipments visibly in public places
- Beware of thieves posing as police officers. Should you stopped by any official, please refer to your local guide and request to contact them.
For your Kili climb, ensuring a safe and enjoyable trip is our highest priority. Ensuring that the Kilimanjaro ecosystem is not damaged unduly on account of our trip is an equally important mission for us. To be honest, it is impossible to have a zero damage expedition on any mountain. In the case of Kilimanjaro, it is a popular destination that attracts more than fifty thousand tourists every year. With such traffic no ecosystem would remain unaffected. What we can strive for is responsible tourism that leaves absolutely minimum impact on the environment. And for the minimal damage that we cause, we try to make up in conservation efforts elsewhere and by contributing to the local socio-economic system.
KINAPA has strict regulations in place regarding littering and waste management. They enforce such regulations through strict penalties. Such enforcement has drastically reduced the pace at which the Kilimanjaro ecosystem is degraded. Despite such regulations, responsible tourism can still make a big difference to the environment. Some of the things we would encourage you to do as an enlightened visitor are:
- behavioral scientists cannot stress the benefits of positive reinforcement (incentives and encouragement) over negative reinforcement (penalties and rebukes). KINAPA being a government institution would perforce assume the latter course. We as individuals can balance the equation by adopting the former approach. Explicitly encourage and appreciate any environment friendly gesture you see from your crew. This might include cleaning up the mess / litter left by another group. Even whole-hearted compliance to the KINAPA regulations can come in for appreciation. Indicate that at least a portion of the tip that you are providing at the end of the trip is for the special care your crew takes of Kilimanjaro.
- be a role model and brand ambassador for environment protection throughout your trip. Ensure that you do not damage the environment in any way other than the basic act of traveling to Tanzania, walking up Kili and getting back home. Ensure that you comply with all instructions regarding the environment from your guides and park authorities. Please do not hesitate at all to report any deviation or potential deviation that you witness. Do not deviate from your designated route and discourage others from doing so. Mudslide on account of descending footfalls is another factor that damages Kili. Sticking strictly to the assigned route is a good way to minimize such degradation.
- plant and nurture a tree or two to commemorate your Kili hike. There is hardly a better way to keep the memories green for ever. This would also atone in some measure for the carbon footprints that your trip generated.
Ethical tourism is as much desireable as responsible tourism especially when you travel to a developing destination like Tanzania. Supply of labor far exceeds the demand, potentially driving wages lower and lower. Once again KINAPA has regulations in place to ensure that the guides, porters and cooks (the last two groups are constituted by the typically underprivileged Tanzanian) are not unfairly treated by the tour operators in their quest to be more profitable or competitive. Just as in the case of the environment, however, a concerned and informed traveler often makes all the difference between success and failure for such regulations. With Miyar, we guarantee that all stipulated and published wages reach the deserving hands. Should you however engage another agency (especially one that offers budget prices), please explore ways to ensure that your support crew are not underpaid or overworked. Please also confirm that they are provided with adequate gear, food and accommodation. With Miyar we encourage you to hand out tips to individual members of the crew. More than ensuring that the tip reaches the intended hands, we believe the crew members would appreciate the personal touch of appreciation. Should you however fail to muster the energy (there is all the climbing to be done, after all) please feel comfortable in handing over the amount to your lead guide and he will ensure a fair distribution. Please see Price section for Kilimanjaro tipping guidelines.
Terms & Conditions
In the months and weeks that build up to the trip, we would assist you in several ways to ensure a smooth trip ahead. This can include:
- Information sessions: We conduct regular online (video, chat and slide show) sessions (roughly once every month) for all our customers who have signed up for an upcoming Kilimanjaro hike. We are also available on phone and email to provide any information or assistance you may require. For those living on the West Coast of the USA, we also arrange a Meet Up session nearly one month before the hike.
- Fitness assistance: Kilimanjaro does not call for outstanding fitness level or climbing ability. You would however need to have a moderate fitness level and endurance to succeed. Strengthening your leg muscles would also be a good idea, given the amount of walking and climbing involved. If needed, we can guide you to come up with a suitable training regime in preparation for the hike, based on your location, personal characteristics and preferences.
- Logistics assistance: Please see our annex for a list of items you would need to bring for the hike. Many of the items can be rented if you prefer. In this case, the best option would be rent it locally in Moshi. We can arrange for such rentals if need be. We can also assist you with the hiking gear (items not of a personal nature), that you intend to purchase. Feel free to mail us your questions in this regard and we shall assist you promptly.
- Travel assistance: We can assist you with making your travel arrangements. Should you prefer it, we can arrange it so that you travel with members of your expedition team and possibly with your lead guide. That way, you do not have to worry about any missed or delayed connections.
- Team Building: The meet up and chat sessions should provide adequate opportunity for you to know your fellow hikers. We actively encourage and assist you to know each other assuming that the camaraderie would positively influence your climbing. Should you have any privacy preferences, please indicate the same and we will ensure that they are strictly complied with.
Once the trip is on, you can count on us for the following:
- Airport transfers: As indicated in the hike schedule, we will meet you at the airport in Moshi or Arusha depending on your travel itinerary. Assuming that you are arriving the day before the hike, we will transfer you to the Stella Maris Lodge. Post hike (and safari, in case you opt for the same) we will transfer you back to the airport assuming you do not have plans for an extended stay in Tanzania.
- Pre-hike briefing and introductions: Evening before the hike we will have a meeting where you will get to know your guide, crew and fellow hikers. We will also use this as an opportunity for final gear checks and briefing.
Several spots on your trekking path has cellular connectivity. Bring along a spare battery or a handset with strong battery backup. You can buy a SIM card in Moshi for about $2. In our experience, Airtel offers the best network on Kili. Your SIM card needs registration with an ID proof, so it cannot be purchased in advance. You would need to buy talktime separately depending on your intended usage. Your lead guide would carry a Iridium Go satellite device that offers wi-fi connectivity anywhere in the mountain. You can use this for quick catching up while in your camps. This would also be used for any contingency communication while on the mountain.
- Hike essentials: Once we meet at the airport in Moshi or Arusha, till the farewell dinner after the hike, we take responsibility for all your food and accommodation requirements. We also cover all park fees payable for your hike, all crew wages for your hike support team, essential safety equipments carried for your hike and any contingency medical assistance you may require during the hike. Details for the same are provided across different sections of this document.
Post hike, we would like to continue our relation with you. We would provide you with the following services:
- Farewell dinner: Farewell dinner would be had in the evening after we complete our descent and move to Stella Maris Lodge for staying the night
- Airport transfer
What things do we expect from you:
- Complete and timely registration formalities: We need your confirmed registration with required details and payment at least thirty days before the scheduled start of the hike. There are several reservations and linked payments we need to make for your trip and we can do this in a timely fashion only if this lead time is available to us.
- Gear and apparel of personal nature: We would expect you to carry all required apparels and gears of a personal nature. You are best informed about your preferences and constraints here and we expect your judgment to work best. The checklist we have provided should be considered as a suggestion at best in this regard.
- Visa and travel arrangements: Please have a valid Tanzanian visa for at least two weeks. The enter by date and visa validity should be compatible with the trip schedule. Please also plan your travel such that you would be Moshi before noon the day prior to our hike. Please leave at least one spare day after the hike before you leave Moshi. We can answer any questions you have in this regard but we would expect you to make commonsense travel arrangements.
Tanzania visa requirements
You would need:
- a passport with validity for at least six months after your proposed return date
- Copy of first two pages of the passport
- Copy of your flight itinerary
- Two recent passport size photographs
- Immunization record
- Visa fees: US 100 for US citizens for a multiple entry visa (can be paid in cash, cheque or credit card)
- In the visa application form you would need to fill in your local contact details in Tanzania. Please use the following details: Aaron Lazarus Mwaigwisya, PO Box 8132, Moshi-Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
- You would also need to indicate the budget available for your stay in Tanzania. You can write “PREPAID” here.
Please refer the Tanzania Embassy website for additional information.
- Adequate insurance coverage: Please ensure that you have an insurance policy that covers you in Tanzania and covers you for adventure travel, specifically climbing up to 20000 feet if such a clause is applicable in your policy. It would be a good idea to get an explicit confirmation from your policy provider that you would be covered while hiking to the top of Kilimanjaro. We will provide contingency medical aid on the mountain but should you require follow up attention after you descend, we would expect your insurer to cover the same. Please refer to our insurance page for additional details.
- Acceptable health and fitness levels: If you have any medical history of import, please consult a competent medical practitioner and inform them about your intention to hike up to Kili. Please ensure that you follow their advice. Please have any necessary medication and health information available with you on the trip. It would also be a good idea to share any relevant medical information with us in case we need the same during the trip to assist you. We will maintain the same in absolute confidentiality.
- Compliance to all applicable rules and regulations: Persons below eleven years of age are not allowed to climb Kilimanjaro. Solo climbing on Kili is not allowed. KINAPA has a set of regulations while you are on Kili and we will expect you to comply with each of them. The complete set can be downloaded from the KINAPA website. We will brief you on the more important ones. And your guides can always assist you during the hike to be in compliance.
- Positive attitude: Just joking :-) Still, as with all other things in life, a positive attitude would make a big difference to your summit attempt and should also help you enjoy and benefit from your climb should you belong to the small percentage of people who could not summit owing to a variety of factors.
Tanzania uses square shapes power sockets (UK style) as shown. We recommend you carry a suitable adapter or use a universal power socket.
I climbed Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route with Miyar Adventures in Jan. 2016. Sandeep did a lot of hand-holding before and during the trip in terms of providing information and answering questions. He also took care of all the logistics and made everything hassle free. I was concerned about joining a big group but was relieved to find some quiet time on my own during the hike. My favorite thing about the hike was the local guides, especially Aaron and Sunday. They're very kind and supportive.
Really enjoyed the experience in Kili - staff are extremely nice. The tour guides, and even the porters, are very helpful and experienced. I feel safe throughout the trip. Would definitely recommend Miyar!
LOVED the Kili Climb! Very well organized, the food was amazing! FRESH fruits and veggies at every meal, and they even accommodated dietary restrictions!! GF, Vegan and dairy (just to name a few) in our group of 14! The morning ritual of GINGER TEA was my fav, for sure!!! Sandeep is a great team builder, the group or climbers were so amazing, helpful and cheery the entire time!!! I will climb with Miyar again! Wish you could experience this for yourself, it is a once in a lifetime experience!!!
Climbing Kili was a mind opening experience thanks to Sandeep, our group, and local guides. It's not just about breathtaking scenery, which you will experience. It's about the people. Sandeep and the people he works with are genuine, knowledgeable, wonderful people. I can't wait for my next trip with them! Love you guys!
I climbed Kilimanjaro with Sandeep, it was an amazing experience. The trip was really well arranged, and we did not need to do much planning-wise. Sandeep was super friendly and helped us train for the climb, with the visas, vaccinations. He even brought some extra "just in case" jackets for the climb - which I ended up borrowing :) The mountain guides were awesome, the food was exceptional. It was a great trip and I look forward to my next trip with Miyar
Climbed Kilimanjaro with Miyar a few months ago. It was an awesome trip. Everything was very well organized, and we didn't have to worry about a single thing. In fact Sandeep went out of his way to make things go smoothly. He was available months in advance to provide/discuss trip details and answer any questions that we had. He was also very flexible about the trip plan. And finally, he was willi...ng to organize training hikes for us as well, although that didn't work out due to the conflicting schedules of the group members. He made sure that all the group members met and got to know each other beforehand, which I think was really helpful. The trip itself (climb, safari, the group I went with) was one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences of my life.
I joined Sandeep on a climb to the highest free-standing mountain in the world - Kilimanjaro in Africa not quite knowing what that meant or what was involved and gained more than what I could have ever imagined. It was a rather long climb and the last day was very tiresome for me. Sandeep continued to encourage me when I was tired and truly exhausted and felt like I could not move an inch. Thanks to that, I did end up summiting and got safely back down to basecamp. I truly appreciated how the climb was coordinated by Sandeep with the guides and porters and it was really pain free for the clients with great food and all conveniences one can expect on a mountain. The pre-planning and gear check sessions all helped me immensely and thought the price was by far the best I had observed for the services provided.
After having been part of climbs with other leaders, I think Sandeep's climbs are very accommodative to a wide set of climbers with varied skill set and preferences. I highly recommend his climbs and would definitely join on future climbs to some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Kilimanjaro was my first mountain excursion outside of the US. I was equally excited and nervous. Sandeep and Miyar Adventures set up the most phenomenal trip I could have imagined! The plan fell perfectly into place upon arrival: hotels were lovely, food was delicious and the mountain guides were marvelous. Sandeep left nothing out when coordinating all of this. He was also available for the months prior to the departure to meet and make sure we had the correct flight plans, gear and clothing, vaccinations, passports, visas and any thing else we might need. Lastly, Sandeep set up local hiking treks prior to our big trip to ensure that we are all physically ready for the trip and so that we may meet one another before the big climb. I know this is a long review, but I wish I could write even more! I felt so comfortable in the hands of Sandeep and Miyar Adventures the entire time! There is nothing that could have gone better and I will certainly be booking another trip with this company soon!